You'd be hard pressed to find a more optimistic man than Mike Jernigan. The wounded war veteran has endured so much in a short period of time. He was severely injured in Iraq when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew-up the vehicle he was riding in.
The injured Marine endured dozens of surgeries, almost dying several times on the operating room table, but was able to recover. His skull was crushed, he lost sight in both eyes, sustained severe burns, and injured his knees.
Still, he overcame these obstacles to continue to lead a satisfying and productive life. Mike just graduated with a college degree and got his first full-time civilian job after retiring from the military.
He is working for Southeast Guide Dogs and lives this simple motto: "No matter how hard it is. You stick with it and you keep moving. And try to always to make progress."
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